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JOB DESCRIPTION

Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.

OTHER JOB TITLES

Broadcast Meteorologist, Forecaster, Forensic Meteorologist, General Forecaster, Hydrometeorological Technician, Meteorologist, Research Meteorologist, Space Weather Forecaster, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Weather Forecaster

JOB TASKS

  • Broadcast weather conditions, forecasts, or severe weather warnings to the public via television, radio, or the Internet or provide this information to the news media.

  • Gather data from sources such as surface or upper air stations, satellites, weather bureaus, or radar for use in meteorological reports or forecasts.

  • Develop or use mathematical or computer models for weather forecasting.

  • Prepare weather reports or maps for analysis, distribution, or use in weather broadcasts, using computer graphics.

  • Interpret data, reports, maps, photographs, or charts to predict long- or short-range weather conditions, using computer models and knowledge of climate theory, physics, and mathematics.

ANNUAL SALARY

  • Workers on average earn $41.74/hr. $86,810 annually.
  • Projected Growth (2019-2029)- Faster than average (5% to7%)
  • Projected Job Openings (2019-2029)- 900

REQUIRED EDUCATION

Bachelor’s degree/Advanced Degree, Master’s Degree

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